Chapter Four finds an acknowledgement that the father figure is often an indifferent or even a negative one. I was struck on a conservative website defending Theology of the Body and making an assumption of ideal behavior on the part of parents. Even for “faithful” believers, nobody is perfect and the example of earthly parents can be a stretch.
113. Perhaps your experience of fatherhood has not been the best. Your earthly father may have been distant or absent, or harsh and domineering. Or maybe he was just not the father you needed. I don’t know. But what I can tell you, with absolute certainty, is that you can find security in the embrace of your heavenly Father, of the God who first gave you life and continues to give it to you at every moment. He will be your firm support, but you will also realize that he fully respects your freedom.
Any comments? Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site.
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